Kuradashi Sencha (80g/2.82oz)

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This item is limited edition of 850 packages only available this autumn season.

(If you pre-order this item together with regular Hibiki-an items, all items from your order will be shipped together at the same time when they are all available. The above shipping dates are good estimates, but the actual shipping date may be a few days earlier or later.)

Kuradashi Sencha is not known well even in Japan.
Today, people and tea industry tend fully to pursue to preserve tea leaves freshly through the year. However only we, involved in tea industry, can enjoy enriched Sencha just before Shincha (new crop of the year) harvest season every year. The flavour is not strong fresh aroma like Shincha but soft refreshing aroma and deep mellower taste. It is like as if the flavour is rounded off and only smooth and mellow taste stay in. We think that of course, strong fresh aroma of Shincha (new crop of the year) Sencha is the most pleasure on Sencha, at the same time the deep smooth and mellow taste of enriched Kuradashi Sencha, too is a great pleasure.

Long ago before modern preserving facilities and techniques, the quality and good conditioned Sencha in Autumn season must have been similar in taste and aroma to this fine Kuradashi Sencha. And that time, only few people could enjoy the excellent flavour.
Our Kuradashi Tea is aged in the granary for more than 1.5 years. It is not easy to produce good enriched Kuradashi Sencha. Needless to say, Kuradashi Sencha is quite different from deteriorated Sencha. Besides, all Sencha can not be enriched in good condition and unsuitable Sencha just deteriorates. Tea leaves suitable for Kuradashi Sencha are rare. It depends on breeds of tea tree, processing way, product center (geographical terms), harvest timing etc. Besides it requires the special facilities and technique to enrich Kuradashi Sencha in good condition.

Tea leaves for this item are harvested in the place in mountain ravines, with mineral-rich soil in Uji region. The misty climate, sloping hills, warm days and cool nights create the excellent mellow flavor and ideal astringent aroma.
Tea leaves are sprouts that are small and soft and not fully-grown. Although generally the best time to gather tea leaves is when the tea tree has five sprouts, this item's tea leaves are gathered when the tea tree has only three sprouts.
The breed is Yabukita which is suitable for highest grade Sencha.
They were processed and finished a little hard shape which is suitable for enriching. And we have enriched this highest grade of Sencha for one and a half years.

Kuradashi Sencha is different from ordinary Sencha in aroma and flavour, so it may be enjoyable for you to compare this tea with regular Sencha. The superb enriched and smooth flavor and aroma of this special tea lingers in the mouth for a while. The aroma is full, but not too strong. The flavor is rich and subtle. The taste is both mellow and enhanced.

As above, Kuradashi Sencha is not known well even in Japan. It is the best way to enjoy Kuradashi Sencha which is available only this autumn season, just once a year!




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Features of This Tea

Enriched Flavor
Mellow Taste
Refreshing Aroma
  • 'Yabukita' Breed
  • Enriched Term :1.5 year
  • Trimmed by machine

Tips to Enjoy Kuradashi Sencha

Brewing Process
Please brew Kuradashi Sencha with 176F (80C) water for 1 to 1 1/4 min., which is the same way as regular Sencha.
Another way to enjoy Kuradashi Sencha is to brew it so that it has a softer, mellower taste. In this case, we recommend you brew Kuradashi Sencha with a little lower temperature water (158F/70C) for 1 1/2min.

Brewing Process for Deeper Flavor
Add an additional 25 - 30% tea leaves and follow the brewing temperatures and times listed above for "softer, mellower flavor." In this case, you can brew Kuradashi Sencha 4 times instead of 3 times in regular brewing.
You can enjoy an amazing deep and mellow flavor by following this special method. It is nearly impossible to over-brew Kuradashi Tea (causing a bitter taste) because it's enriched for 1.5 years. In contrast, regular teas can become bitter if brewed this way.

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508 11/11/2020
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03. Chris Canada
2274 10/07/2017
04. Frederic Coppieters Belgium
2805 10/30/2013
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2928 11/01/2012
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2788 11/01/2012
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3312 10/23/2012
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3763 10/18/2012
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3455 11/01/2010
10. Erik Thomas United States
2997 11/17/2009

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